So I’ve been told that because I’ve had the grand total of 3 European citizens access my site over the past year then I must comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) or risk a 20 million Euro fine.
Because pretty much no-one appears to understand this particular regulation itself, let alone how to comply with it (and I don’t have 20 million Euro to splash about), then I’m kinda left with no option but to write this policy on my own. Because it’s such a pain in my arse, I’m going to write it in my own way and in language that actually makes sense.
The truth is, I take your right to privacy (as well as my own) pretty damn seriously and I wouldn’t sell (or give away) your personal data to anyone – mostly because I wouldn’t know how.
But in the spirit of the GDPR, here’s a brief explanation of what data this site collects, and how it’s used. In a nutshell, I use a few tools and some limited personal information about this site’s visitors so I can make this site better (and hopefully make enough money to pay my mortgage).
As all browsers are different, you’ll need to Google how to turn off cookies for your particular browser software and version. Good luck.
This site also uses affiliate marketing to make me enough moolah to pay for my modest caffeine addiction. I link to third party sites and they’ll place a cookie on your browser if you click on that link. If you make a purchase before their cookie expires, then I’ll get a commission. Usually it’s only few cents, so I’m hardly making a fortune here peeps!
I track visitors to this site using Google Analytics. It shows me an aggregate of data and I can’t actually personally identify anyone who visits this site. I use it to determine if my posts actually get visitors (they don’t) and whether or not my writing is useful (mostly it’s not).
I’ve also got the Facebook pixel installed on this site, but I’ve got no idea how to use it for remarketing so for the moment you’re pretty safe there.
I use Google Analytics and Google Search Console to store aggregated visitor and search data. I use Campaign Monitor to store subscribers’ email addresses. Both Google and Campaign Monitor assure me they are compliant with GDPR.
I’m based in Australia, so obviously will be ‘processing’ data in Australia. I don’t know where in the world Google stores the data it collects, so ummmm… I don’t know what to tell you.
Campaign Monitor are an Australian-based company, so I’m guessing the data they store on my behalf is stored in Australia – but then again, who knows?
Email marketing and newsletters
I use Campaign Monitor to store and process data about visitors who have given me permission to email them. If you’re one of these people, lovely – thank you! Your information is safely stored with Campaign Monitor and I’m the only one who can access it.
You can unsubscribe from my email list at any time, and there’s always a link in any emails so you can do this easily. If you unsubscribe you won’t hear from me again.
I link to other websites. These are known as ‘third parties’ and I don’t have any control over them. Sometimes other websites link to me. Again, I don’t have control over other people’s websites. If you’ve got a problem with their site, I suggest you take it up with them.
I use Google AdSense to serve the occasional ad on Make + Do. They use the DoubleClick DART cookie. No, I do not know what that is, but again they’ve assured me they are compliant with GDPR. I hope for my sake they are, because I’m not wearing a 20 million Euro fine for them if they’re not.
I have the Facebook pixel installed on this site. Ostensibly, it’s for Facebook ad re-targeting. But as I’m yet to understand how to run an effective Facebook ad without signing over the deeds to my house, I don’t run social media ads.
You can follow Make + Do on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. But it’s pretty quiet on those accounts and again, as they’re third parties, I’ve got no control over what they do with the personal information they collect.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.